Aubrey F. Filliaux, 91, longtime official at Equitable Trust

March 27, 2003|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Aubrey F. Filliaux, a retired vice president and branch manager for the old Equitable Trust Bank whose career spanned a half-century, died of stroke complications Monday at Kernan Hospital. He was 91.

Mr. Filliaux was born and raised in Highlandtown. He began his career as a runner at Equitable Trust in the 1920s while a student at Polytechnic Institute. After graduation, he worked in the bank's mailroom.

He continued his education in the early 1930s at the American Institute of Banking. He attended the Baltimore College of Commerce from 1936 to 1938 and the Alexander Hamilton Institute of New York.

Mr. Filliaux rose through the ranks to become one of Equitable Trust's most popular branch managers.

For most of his career, he managed the branch at North Avenue and Charles Street, one of Equitable's busiest.

"He was one of the old guard who was very, very, conscientious and loyal to the bank," said H. Grant Hathaway, former chairman and chief executive officer at Equitable, which merged with Maryland National Bank. "The fact that he was manager of that key branch indicated that he was at the top level of branch managers. North and Charles was a key crossing point in the commerce of the city in those days."

Far from being a stereotypical conservative, strait-laced and stuffy banker, Mr. Filliaux exuded warmth and a welcoming demeanor.

"He was the farthest thing in the world from being a curmudgeon," said a niece, Joanne E. O'Meara of Timonium, who was raised by Mr. Filliaux and his wife. "He had a wonderful personality, and his customers just loved him.

"Everything he did was for his customers. If a customer couldn't get to the bank, he'd arrange to meet them in their homes or somewhere else. He did everything he could to help them out and nothing was ever too much trouble."

Mr. Filliaux retired in 1977.

At his death, he resided in the home on 40th Street in Hampden that he had moved into in 1945 with his wife.

He was married for 60 years to the former Mary Elizabeth Baker, who died in 1997.

The couple, with no children of their own, also raised another niece and a nephew.

Mr. Filliaux, a Navy veteran of World War II, was a supply chief at Bainbridge Naval Training Center, then was assigned to a destroyer in the Pacific near the end of the war. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and assigned to clerical duties in Baltimore.

For many years, he was a leader of the Maryland unit of United Boys Brigade of America, an organization similar to the Boy Scouts and based in England.

Mr. Filliaux enjoyed working on and repairing antique clocks.

He was a longtime member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Hampden.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Mr. Filliaux is survived by many nephews and nieces.

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